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Is this o.k? gaming system advice

18 Mar 2004
Hi im upgrading my old system to a newer one please comment.

AMD Athlon™64 X2 5000+
Western Digital Raptor 36.7GB 10,000RPM 8MB Cache WD360GD
(Socket AM2)Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI MCP Chipset DDR2/800 MBoard w/ Dual 16x PCI-Express
2x1GB PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)
POWERSUPPLY: Enermax Noisetaker EG701AX-VE(W) SFMA 24P (ALL IN ONE) SLI Supports 600Watt Power Supply
ATI Radeon X1900XT PCI-E x16 512MB VIDEO CARD

Should I go for the x1900xt or wait til dx10?

Budget is £1000

is SLI worth it? compaired to this video card.

My old card is a gf6800gt , a64 3000+, k8v, 1 gig geil golden dragon ddr400. will I see a big increase over my old system?

Many Thanks
Man of Honour
27 Sep 2004
If you haven't already bought this can I highly recommend that you go for a Conroe based system over an X2. I wouldn't bother with SLi or Corssfire unless you are gaming at high resolutions 1600x1200 and above, I'd just get the card now rather than waiting around, it will be a while before DX10 features are fully utilised I'd imagine. I'd also add that personally I don't think Raptors are worth it(especially not the 36gb version) when you can get a Seagate 7200.10 drive that isn't much slower but has getting on for 10x the capacity at the same price.

This is something like the system I'd go for given your budget.

CP-128-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail (CP-128-IN)
£194.99 £194.99
MB-152-AS Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-152-AS)
£129.99 £129.99
MY-058-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC) (MY-058-GL)
£169.99 £169.99
GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
£204.99 £204.99
HD-095-WD Western Digital Raptor 36GB WD360ADFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-095-WD)
£66.95 £66.95
CA-021-EN Enermax Noisetaker 600W EG701AX-VE(W) SFMA ATX2.0 SLI Compliant PSU (CA-021-EN)
£74.99 £74.99
Subtotal £841.90
Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £8.95
VAT £148.90
Total £999.75
7 Feb 2003
I would go with a conroe based system as suggested by semi-pro waster & rippling.

If you want to save some money you could go with ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256MB GDDR3 card special offer this week, if you only play at 1280 by 1024, with all the extras turned on that would be fine and wait for Jan for new dx10 cards?
18 Oct 2002
Isle of Wight
Conroe would appear to be the way forward for people building new systems.

Just check out the threads in the CPU forum... amazing overclocks and performance. Good prices too, from OcUK of course :)
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